Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is giving FBI Director Christopher Wray until the end of the day to turn over a document alleging President Joe Biden’s participation in a bribery scheme. If he does not, McCarthy has pledged to bring contempt of Congress charges against Wray.
McCarthy, speaking on Fox News Tuesday morning, was blunt in his assessment of the situation:
“[Congressman] Comer (R-KY) subpoenaed the document that we’ve requested. We have jurisdiction over the FBI, which they seem to act like we do not. I personally called Director Wray and told him he needs to send that document. Today is the deadline. So let me not just tell you, let me tell Director Christopher Wray right here, right now: if he misses the deadline today, I am prepared to move contempt charges in Congress against him,” said McCarthy.
The document being sought contains testimony from an informant who claims the president was part of an alleged $5 million bribery scheme during his time as vice president. The briefing by the informant occurred in June of 2020, just weeks after Ukrainian officials announced the interception of $5 million in bribes they allege were paid to end an investigation into Mykola Zlochevsky, founder of Burisma Energy which counted Hunter Biden as a member of its board. The First Son is currently under investigation by federal authorities for possible crimes related to taxes and false statements on documents relating to a firearm purchase.
The FBI has briefed Rep. Comer and members of the House Oversight Committee about the nature of its work with informants, though so far the agency has declined to release the document which identifies the individual and his or her testimony alleging the president’s involvement in a bribery scheme. To do so, the Bureau has said, would give veracity to statements that so far are simply allegations.